May 6, 2013
Islanders need Nabokov to be better against Penguins
New York has edge in shots but Pittsburgh is the one scoring
By CHRIS STEVENSON, QMI Agency

Islanders goaltender Evgeni Nabokov makes a save against the Penguins in Game 2 of their NHL Eastern Conference quarterfinal at the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Pa., May 3, 2013. (DAVID DeNOMA/Reuters)

UNIONDALE, N.Y. - Depending on how you look at it, the top-seeded Pittsburgh Penguins have been lucky.

Or maybe a little lucky and very opportunistic.

Or the eighth-seeded New York Islanders haven’t been rewarded for being the better team at even strength through three games of this NHL Eastern Conference quarterfinal because of their goaltending.

Take your pick.

The Penguins lead the series 2-1 going into Game 4 at what will be a rocking Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on Tuesday night.

The Islanders have outshot the Penguins 86-61 at even strength through three games and almost nine minutes of overtime.

Despite their considerable edge in shots, they trail the Penguins 7-6 in even-strength goals.



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